Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What to eat?

One of the things that you learn as an expat is that you end up missing certain foods from the last country you lived in.  I have learned to live without certain of my Canadian favourites, but I must say, it didn't ever really occur to me that I would miss any of the foods from England (other than a big plate of bangers and mash, the UK's best invention ever).  And yet, I would sell my grandmother (if I had one, which, fortunately for her, I don't) down the river for a jar of Marmite right this minute.  Sigh.  And it's not always that you can't buy the thing you want, it's just a question of how insanely expensive it is here if and when you find it.  So I am busy making up my list of goodies to pick up on my next trip back to London...

Anyway, my point is that there is a great store here in Paris called La Grande Epicerie, which I highly recommend the next time it's a rainy day and you have nothing to do, because if you are interested in food, I promise you can spend hours here.  It has a huge but rather random selection; it's also very expensive, but the food is beautiful and it's a fabulous place to go and look around, even if you can't afford to buy anything.  And their international food selection is interesting in the extreme.  I was born and raised in North America and yet I don't believe I've ever seen some of the allegedly North American products which are in that section.  Also, some of their juxtapositions have to be seen to be believed:  Spanish/TexMex is on the same shelf as Germany and even more weirdly, Poland is on the same shelf as the Far East.  Huh???

1 comment:

  1. I love the expat food sections!!! How else do you get crazy and yummy at the same time.

    Good blog Miss K.